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Originally posted by Dennis Cecchini Fri Oct 22, 2021 10:31 am – 42 views in Sec. 3 of this bulletin board before being transplanted here

I propose that we read “The Deficit Myth” by Democrat Party Economics Guru Prof. Stephanie Kelton (Public Affairs Publishing 3/9/2021 – 352 pages – Paperback $13.60 + shipping or $12.99 Kindle from Amazon.com).

Book Description per Amazon.com

A New York Times Bestseller

The leading thinker and most visible public advocate of modern monetary theory -- the freshest and most important idea about economics in decades -- delivers a radically different, bold, new understanding for how to build a just and prosperous society.

Stephanie Kelton's brilliant exploration of modern monetary theory (MMT) dramatically changes our understanding of how we can best deal with crucial issues ranging from poverty and inequality to creating jobs, expanding health care coverage, climate change, and building resilient infrastructure. Any ambitious proposal, however, inevitably runs into the buzz saw of how to find the money to pay for it, rooted in myths about deficits that are hobbling us as a country.

Kelton busts through the myths that prevent us from taking action: that the federal government should budget like a household, that deficits will harm the next generation, crowd out private investment, and undermine long-term growth, and that entitlements are propelling us toward a grave fiscal crisis.

MMT, as Kelton shows, shifts the terrain from narrow budgetary questions to one of broader economic and social benefits. With its important new ways of understanding money, taxes, and the critical role of deficit spending, MMT redefines how to responsibly use our resources so that we can maximize our potential as a society. MMT gives us the power to imagine a new politics and a new economy and move from a narrative of scarcity to one of opportunity.

Author Bio per Amazon.com

Stephanie Kelton, professor of economics and public policy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Bloomberg contributing columnist, has been called a "prophetic economist" and a "rock star" of progressive economics. She is the founder and of the top-rated economic blog New Economic Perspectives, and a member of the TopWonks network of the nation's best thinkers. In 2016, Politico recognized her as one of the fifty people across the country most influencing the political debate.

Kelton was chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (minority staff) and an advisor to Bernie Sanders's 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns. Kelton is a regular commentator on national radio and television and speaks across the world at large gatherings of people interested in global finance, political economy and public policy. She has superb connections in all areas of print and broadcast national media. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg.

Book Review Excerpts

"Kelton writes clearly and directly, and does well to keep the lay reader in mind throughout. This comprehensive, lucid explanation of a much-buzzed about economic theory will resonate with progressives."
―Publishers Weekly

"Stephanie Kelton is among the most prominent of the dozen or so economists associated with MMT. Her new book The Deficit Myth is intended to bring MMT to a broader audience. In addition to an impassioned call for a bigger, more active public sector, The Deficit Myth contains a number of distinct economic arguments."
―The American Prospect

"Clear and vigorously written book."
―Foreign Affairs

"She has succeeded in instigating a round of heretical questioning, essential for a post-Covid-19 world, where the pantheon of economic gods will have to be reconfigured."
―The Guardian

"Kelton and her colleagues have brought a great many non-economists into the economic conversation in a way that no other contemporary branch of heterodox economics has been able to....[Sh]e's dead right about a central political fact of our times: A large, active public sector is more needed today than ever, and unfounded fears of public debt are a big reason we haven't gotten it. Which means her eloquent, accessible book is performing an important public service."
―The American Prospect

"Stephanie Kelton convincingly overturns the conventional wisdom that federal budget deficits are somehow bad for the nation. ...Kelton argues that our government's inability to provide for citizens isn't due to a lack for money; instead, our leaders lack political will."
―Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times

"The Deficit Myth is simply the most important book I've ever read. Stephanie Kelton carefully articulates a message that obliterates economic orthodoxy about public finance, which assumes that taxes precede spending and deficits are bad. Kelton's work is on a par with the genius of DaVinci and Copernicus, heretics who proved that Earth revolves around the sun."
―David Cay Johnston, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. Medal, and the George Polk Award

"A remarkable book both in content and timing. A 'must-read' that is sure to influence many aspects of policymaking going forward."
―Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor, Allianz

"In a world of epic, overlapping crises, Stephanie Kelton is an indispensable source of moral clarity. Whether you're all in for MMT, or merely MMT-curious, the truths that she teaches about money, debt, and deficits give us the tools we desperately need to build a safe future for all. Read it--then put it to use."
―Naomi Klein, author of On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal

"Kelton's game-changing book on the myths around government deficits is both theoretically rigorous and empirically entertaining. It reminds us that money is not limited, only our imagination of what to do with it. After you read it you will never think of the public purse as a household economy again. Read it!"
―Mariana Mazzucato, author of The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy

"The Deficit Myth is a triumph. It is absorbing, compelling, and--most important of all--empowering. Embracing a well-researched framework that focuses on how real-world economies actually operate, she lays out a realistic path to true economic prosperity. It is an approach that focuses on Main Street and not Wall Street and will permit us to not only revitalize the struggling middle class, but address critical social problems like chronic unemployment, poverty, health care, and climate change. We of course face many binding constraints on our ability to act, but Kelton argues that the intentional underemployment of our own resources that results from the pervasive influence of deficit myths should not be one. We have needed this book for a very long time. Everyone should read it, and then reread it, before it is too late to change course."
―John T. Harvey, professor of economics, Texas Christian University

"Kelton's mission in this powerful book is to free us from defunct orthodox thinking about fiscal deficits rooted in the bygone era of the gold standard. Her theoretical canvas is modern monetary theory. At its core MMT offers a simple proposition: In a fiat currency world, the finances of we the people ain't the same as a summing up of our individual budget constraints, because we the people can't go broke, only deficit-spend our collective self into inflationary excesses. In the prevailing era of too-low inflation, the macro policy implication should be obvious: We the people presently have far more fiscal space than the deficit scold, pay-for crowd preaches. Kelton is a gifted writer and teacher and I confidently predict that The Deficit Myth, brilliantly written and argued, will become the defining book on what MMT is--and what it is not."
―Paul Allen McCulley, retired managing director and chief economist, PIMCO, and senior fellow, Cornell University Law School

"Clear! Compelling! Eye-opening and persuasive, The Deficit Myth is an adventure in the world of budgets, jobs, trade, banking and--above all--of money. With the great force of common sense, Stephanie Kelton and the MMT team have broken through the closed circles of so-called sound finance, a stale orthodoxy that has weakened and impoverished us all. This book shows how they did it, and it blazes a path forward, toward a better world built on better ideas."
―James K. Galbraith, The University of Texas at Austin

"A robust, well-reasoned, and highly readable walk through many common misunderstandings. A 'must-read' for anyone who wants to understand how government financing really works, and how it interplays with economic policy."
―Frank Newman, former deputy secretary of the Treasury

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Post by johnkarls »

Originally posted by johnkarls Sun Nov 07, 2021 11:30 am

It should be noted that our website already contains a wealth of information about “Annual Deficits and Accumulated Debt” and related matters such as “fiat currencies” such as Bitcoin.

Indeed, our 3/13/2013 meeting resulted in a Six-Degrees-Of-Separation E-mail Campaign to President Obama entitled “Annual Deficits & Accumulated Debt” and available at viewtopic.php?f=23&t=1069&sid=b1eedca58 ... 7884e63aac.

The factual support for that E-mail Campaign is contained in Q&A-5 thru Q&A-12 of the Second Short Quiz for the 3/13/2013 meeting available at viewtopic.php?f=305&t=1061&sid=42a4d1c3 ... 8682a477b9.

Seven months later, the focus book for our 10/9/2013 meeting was Prof. Mark Blyth’s “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” which book, of course, our members in 2013 considered heresy.

The Suggested Answers to the Short Quiz for that meeting, which contains a wealth of relevant information, is available at viewtopic.php?f=339&t=1156&sid=42a4d1c3 ... 8682a477b9.

And the e-mail exchange relating to Q&A-12 and entitled “Betting The Ranch” is available at viewtopic.php?f=339&t=1157&sid=42a4d1c3 ... 8682a477b9.

Also worthwhile are that meeting’s --

(1) Suggested Discussion Outline entitled “The Shut-Down, the ‘CR’ and the Debt Ceiling” [NB: a “CR” is a Congressional “Continuing Resolution” to continue governmental spending at its existing level while Congress is deadlocked on passing a budget]; and

(2) An elaboration on the Outline’s Item 19 entitled “A Synthetic Currency for the World” which BTW has attracted 2,585 views (vs. only 848 for the Outline itself).

Both of these items are available at viewforum.php?f=340&sid=42a4d1c34d36919 ... 8682a477b9.

The 10/9/2013 meeting did NOT produce an E-mail Campaign.

Because the unanimous opinion of the participants was that President Obama had already been warned on 3/13/2013!!!

Two years earlier, our 12/14/2011 meeting had focused on --

“Balanced Budget Amendments & Redeeming National Debt With ‘Wallpaper’ in Both Europe and the U.S.”

The “Reference Items” for that meeting contain 16 highly-informative items about such things as (A) information about what Bloomberg News discovered as a result of its Freedom-Of-Information-Act lawsuit regarding QE-1 which the Federal Reserve fought all the way to the US Supreme Court including how in 2008-2009 the Fed printed $7.7 TRillion and loaned it to banks on three continents, providing them with $13 billion in profits, (B) Fed Reserve Chair Bernanke's own explanation of QE-2, and (C) Fed Reserve Chair Bernanke's STEALTH QE-3 only 2 weeks after his Jackson Hole WY speech promising there would be no QE-3 (per Q&A-24/First Quiz calculations located in "Participant Comments" above), QE-3 comprised printing as much as $2.9 TRillion more dollars to keep Italy and Spain afloat through 12/31/2011.

[“QE” or “Quantitative Easing” is “Washington speak” for printing money.]

The 16 “Reference Materials are available at viewforum.php?f=240&sid=42a4d1c34d36919 ... 8682a477b9.

The “Participant Comments” for that meeting contain 7 highly-informative items including --

(1) “The [Federal Reserve Chair] Bernanke Butterfly/Hurricane Myth”

(2) “The Bernanke/Obama Bankruptcy Myth”

(3) “U.S. and Bernanke Hung Out To Dry by [French President] Sarkozy and [German Chancellor] Merkel”

These three items and the other four “Participant Comments” are available at viewforum.php?f=241&sid=42a4d1c34d36919 ... 8682a477b9.

The Suggested Discussion Outline is available at viewtopic.php?f=242&t=861&sid=42a4d1c34 ... 8682a477b9.

The 12/14/2011 meeting did NOT produce an E-mail Campaign.

Because the unanimous opinion of the participants was that President Obama had not yet gone “BEYOND THE PALE”!!!

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